08.08.13: U.S. News Bits

News about grants, gifts

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has received a four-year, $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation.  The funding supports BGCA’s Great Futures Campaign for America’s Kids, with a focus on the nonprofit’s academic success strategy and goal of helping reduce the high school dropout rate by half in the next five years.

The Foundation for Youth Investment (FYI) has received a $10.7 million grant from the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council.  With this grant, FIY will continue the legacy of the Stewardship Council as a leading grantmaker for outdoor youth programs in California. The significant investment also allows the foundation to expand its funding for outdoor youth education programs and strategic initiatives.

A container of 550 Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) wheelchairs has been provided to persons in need in Vietnam. Once they have been processed and assembled by the distribution partner in Vietnam, Giving it Back to Kids, the wheelchairs will be given to individuals with physical disabilities living in poverty who would not be able to obtain the mobility aid they need otherwise. By Free Wheelchair Mission’s estimates, no fewer than three additional people beyond the initial recipient are impacted by each wheelchair-friends, family, and caretakers, amongst others-bringing the total impact of this shipment to 2,200 people. These wheelchairs bring not only the gift of mobility, but also dignity, independence, and hope for each of the recipients.

News about people, groups

The Council on Foundations and CF Insights released Guideposts to New Heights, the field’s most comprehensive report on community foundation assets, gifts, and grants. The data was collected from 276 community foundations including those representing more than 90 percent of total estimated community foundation assets. For the first time since the recession, the analysis shows asset, gift, and grant amounts reaching new heights.

ORBIS and longtime global sponsor FedEx announce the return of the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) to Panama City, for a two-week comprehensive skills exchange program aimed at advanced subspecialty training in cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, anterior segment and pediatric ophthalmology. The program has been providing services and training since 1982.

Chapman Cubine Adams + Hussey (CCAH), a full-service direct marketing firm serving global nonprofit organizations, which received 20 MAXI Awards from the Direct Marketing Association of Washington (DMAW) , marking the 20th consecutive year that CCAH and its clients were recognized with more MAXI Awards than any other agency. The firm’s tally also included seven first-place gold awards.

Andrew Watt, president and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), has been named by The NonProfit Times as one of the 50 most influential people in the charitable sector.

Paul Leech has been named the first CEO of the Boston-based charity Team IMPACT, founded by Dan Kraft (The Kraft Group-International) and Jay Calnan (J. Calnan & Associates). Established in 2011, Team IMPACT’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by creating lasting and meaningful relationships with vibrant, collegiate sport team-based support networks.

As part of its continuing business expansion, the new merger with Opportunity Funding Corporation (OFC) allows the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to lead the HBCU community in innovation and entrepreneurship by developing the next generation of African- American entrepreneurs for the 21st century. By combining resources with OFC, students at TMCF’s member-schools will now have access to opportunities that they will not get from other organizations.

Henry Peyrebrune and Barry A. Sanders have joined the League of American Orchestras Board of Directors. Peyrebrune and Sanders, who will both serve three-year terms, were elected by the League membership during its annual meeting in June.

Haysha Deitsch, a New York-based real estate developer, recently hosted a fundraiser for The Friendship Circle of Crown Heights, a nonprofit that fosters strong relationships between local teens and Brooklyn-based special needs children. The organization encourages positive engagement with a variety of Jewish social and educational activities in order to help kids grow, stay informed and maintain independence.

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), will host its second annual Pro-Am in the Hamptons on Aug. 22 in East Hampton, N.Y., beginning with a doubles round robin tournament, and an evening reception sponsored by Sotheby’s Auction House. Both events will serve to raise money to help fund college scholarships and program grants to community-based tennis and education programs throughout the country, and help fund USTA Player Development efforts to develop world-class American tennis players.

News about opportunities, initiatives

United Way Worldwide and Dolphin Digital Media have launched “Club Connect,” a multi-faceted membership web platform designed to promote literacy and philanthropy among the nation’s children. “Club Connect” features engaging options for kids and their families to learn and have fun, including celebrity book readings, cool games, exciting contests, valuable coupons, family-friendly volunteer activities, and inspirational stories of kids making a difference to inspire community service.

GreaterGood.org launched a new program this month to help shelters and rescue groups increase cat adoptions. Partnering with The Animal Rescue Site, Petfinder Foundation, and Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist and star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” the new Cats R Cool program will help educate animal shelters and volunteers about working with cats in shelter and foster environments.

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